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2019 USP Alafua Campus Gallery




On behalf of the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council,

Vice Chancellor & President of the University of the South Pacific

 It is with much regret that we inform that the 2019 SAMOA GRADUATION has been CANCELLED as per directive from the Government of Samoa in its attempts to focus on controlling the spread of the MEASLES DISEASE in Samoa.

We realize as a University that this will come as a disappointment to our Graduands, their families and supporters but it is important that WE all do our part in preventing the further spread of this disease.

As a result of this cancellation: the following will occur

1.      SAS Laucala will continue to process all the applications for completion as per usual schedule

2.      Samoa Graduands will be conferred their qualifications formally at the 2019 Tonga Graduation which is one week later than that of the scheduled Alafua Ceremony (viz., 13 Dec., instead of 6 Dec.)

3.      Certificates will be couriered to SAS in Alafua Campus for students to receive. Some graduates will be outside of Samoa.

4.      Any of the Alafua Graduates will be allowed to process and be presented at the graduation ceremony in 2020 in Samoa or Laucala March 2020 or Laucala September 2020, especially for the Fiji Agriculture students.

We note that some regional students may have already incurred financial costs because they or their family members have booked flights for graduation, but this cannot be helped due to this national emergency in Samoa.

Faafetai tele lava.


Associate Professor Joeli Veitayaki


The University of the South Pacific, Alafua Campus


Team Samoa – did well at the FIRST Global Robotic Challenge in Dubai

FIRST Global Robotic Challenge in Dubai
Team Samoa at Faleolo airport just before departure for a long journey to Dubai via Auckalnd
Team Samoa with Emirates staff just after landing in Dubai
Team Samoa has just arrived in Dubai airport: L- R: Ms Margaret Masa Faasau (Science teacher), Alexandria Matalavea, Victoria Amosa, Marion Fruean Julius Netzler, Lemamea Sia Matalavea (mentor), Aukusitino Potoi
Team Samoa pit with some FGC volunteers on the last day of the event - Dubai 2019
Team Samoa with its robot on the 2nd day of the First Global Challenge event
Team Samoa arrived back at Faleolo airport with gold medals for winning the Courageous Achievement Award

24th - 27th October 2019 Team Samoa returned home with a gold medal after participating in FIRST Global Robotic Challenge recently held in Dubai. Team Samoa won the gold medal for the 'Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli Award for Courageous Achievement', given to the team that exhibited a 'can do' attitude throughout the challenge, even under difficult circumstances, or when things do not go as planned. The prestigious competition, named after the American non-profit organisation, which sponsors it - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Global Challenge uses robotics (cooperation and competition) to promote STEM globally to address issues and problems facing the earth including climate change and marine pollution. This year's theme is ocean opportunities and the cleaning of the oceans, simulated by the robots clearing pollutants represented by orange balls on the game floor (ocean). The Form 5 students from Robert Louis Stevenson School that went to Dubai - Aukusitino Potoi, Alexandria Matalavea, Victoria Amosa, Julius Netzler and team captain, Marion Fruean were accompanied by the Deputy Principal and Senior Science teacher Ms Margaret Masa Faasau and mentor Lemamea Sia Matalavea, the IT Manager at the University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Samoa Campus in Alafua. The three non-travelling members of Team Samoa also contributed immensely to the success of the team. They are Jamesa Potoi who is also a Form 5 student, General Manager of Sleepwell Company, Mr Teleiai James Potoi, who is one of the mentors who assisted the team with training on the design and building of the robot and Mr Fonoti Ferron Fruean, who built the replica of the game venue, which allowed simulation practice for the Team. Overall, Team Samoa ranked 26th out of 189 countries with seven wins, two losses and no draws. The 2019 Global FIRST Challenge was the first time Samoa has participated in the international Olympiad-style event, which started three years ago to encourage children to pursue Science and Engineering careers. Overall results placed Team Samoa at the top 13.8 percent of all the countries that participated. Eleven countries from the Pacific region competed in the three-day event. Samoa stands just behind Australia, which ranked 24th; the Cook Islands at 30th; Papua New Guinea at 76th; Fiji at 88th; the Marshall Islands at 95th and the Solomon Islands follows closely behind at 96th. Team Tonga came in at 117th; Vanuatu at 153rd; Kiribati at 171st and New Zealand at 177th. Silver medal for the Courageous Achievement Award went to team Comoros, while a team from Bahrain took out the bronze medal. The USP played a major role in the registration, preparations and sending of Team Samoa. Former Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science Technology and Environment, Dr Bibhya Sharma was the main contact for the USP member countries and regional teams when the regional teams were first organised to participate at the First Global Challenge (FGC) in Dubai. USP Samoa Campus IT Manager was the main contact for Team Samoa and FGC organisers for online registrations, passports, visas, team photos, videos and logistics preparations. The Samoa Campus IT Manager also provided the training in robotic programming as well as in building the various components of the robot, which were designed, built and programmed by the students at the Samoa Campus’ Lodge Common Room, the Team’s robotic lab where they worked on Wednesday afternoons and on Saturdays from September to October before departing for Dubai. The Team was also visited by the Vice Chancelor and President of USP, Professor Pal Ahluwalia and the Vice President, Dr Giulio Paunga when they were in Alafua in September. The event has excited and motivated everybody in the country that is aware of the tournament and the Team's success. The team arrived back home from Dubai on Tuesday, 29th of October and were welcomed at the airport by the very happy and excited parents, families and friends. The principal of the Robert Louis Stevenson School, Ms Fiaapia Devoe and parents had supported the team by spearheading the fundraising activities and preparing refreshment for the team while spending long hours at the robotic lab. Government also provided much welcomed financial support. The host country Dubai has also contributed generously by financing airfares for all members of the participating teams from 189 countries. All the teams were accommodated in three hotels close to the game venue. On November 4th, Team Samoa was given audiences with the Honorable Minister of Education, Sports and Culture Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio and after that the Honorable Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Aiono Dr Sailele Malielegaoi who were both happy with the extraordinary accomplishment of the group. The Team and all of their family members, friends and supporters have indeed make us all very proud of what they have done through their courage, dedication and hard work. Faafetai tele lava.

USP Pacific TAFE Celebrating Further Education with Tofiga

TAFE with Tofiga
The Campus Director Dr. Joeli with Tofiga
The AHOS Dr. Diarra with Tofiga
Tofiga and the Robotics, students and IT Manager, Sia

Seki lou A’oga (Commit to your studies): USP Pacific TAFE Celebrating Further Education with Tofiga 

The University of the South Pacific (USP), Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) is launching a flagship initiative based on the concept on Edutainment- the act of learning through a medium that both educates and entertains. The initiative will provide an opportunity to the Year 12 and 13 students, teachers, parents and stakeholders to learn more about Pacific TAFE’s Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) programmes at the Alafua Campus, Samoa.

USP Pacific TAFE has obtained the services of Tofiga Fepulea’i, to act as regional ambassador in promoting its vocational programmes on Tuesday October 8, 2019. In Tofigalesque style he will also be ‘Samoanising’ the narrative for potential students in the context of pathways, dispelling the perception of the Alafua Campus & TVET track being exclusively agriculture, industry & blue collar programmes. Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) is a strategically amalgamated and integrated learning and teaching section, which offers high quality Skills Based Qualifications (SBQ’s), Foundation, and Preliminary studies. The programmes provide employment opportunities at entry and para professional levels, pathways for higher studies at USP where approved, and career advancement for working people. The USP revised Strategic Plan 2019-2021- Shaping Pacific Futures states ‘Our vision to shape Pacific futures by empowering students, staff and alumni to become inspirational agents of positive change leading to innovative, cohesive, resilient and sustainable communities’.

The five learning and teaching units for Pacific TAFE are;

• College of Business and Commerce

• College of Tourism & Hospitality

• College of Arts & Humanities

• College of Science, Technology & Environment

• Workforce Development Training Unit (WDTU)

Pacific TAFE incorporates interdisciplinary colleges and centers. The Foundation Arts, Foundation Business, Foundation Science Programmes have been given recognition by Universities New Zealand. The WDTU of Pacific TAFE is a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) United Kingdom certified center and offers accredited short courses; currently 100 short courses are fully accredited. In the national accreditation of USP's programme, it is evident that the university has increased in its involvement as the vigor of its academia using international linkages research projects, assessments and outcomes. The overall success of USP’s vision and mission is recognising Samoa’s education, vocational and research needs.

Should you require any further information please contact Campus Coordinator for Samoa, Magele Vernon Mackenzie at Ph.21671 ext. 320 | PacTAFE office Ph. 8400786 or at

University of the South Pacific – Alafua Campus Pacific Technical And Further Education (Pacific TAFE)

‘Shaping Pacific Futures’


USP Alafua Campus 2019 Orientation Report

USP-Alafua Campus 2019 Orientation Report More than a hundred new students were welcomed on Tuesday (5/2) during the USP-Samoa Orientation, which took place from 9am to 4pm at Alafua Campus. The majority of the new intake were Agriculture students, but there were also PacTAFE students and those enrolled for non-Agricultural programmes from Alafua Campus. During the orientation, the students got the opportunity to listen to empowering presentations about the offerings and expectations of USP, and participated in a transition workshop offering academic skills for a smooth transition into tertiary studies. The inspirational orientation address was delivered by the keynote speaker, Honorable Lemalu Taefu, the Associate Minister for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. In empowering students, Taefu declared that “No university is set up to fail students” and that decision to fail or to succeed rests with the students alone. Honorable Taefu reiterated the importance of prioritizing one’s time, and warned students that “The University will not wait for you!” He heavily emphasized commitment, persistence and focus as the hallmarks of success in tertiary learning, and reminded students that the path to excellence will not be straightforward. So “Don’t cherish those mobile phones!” he warned, for in his view, the phones are the biggest hindrances to achievement. In closing, Honorable Taefu reminded students to put first things first, and indeed, to manage their time well. On hand to welcome the new students were the Student Administrative Services (SAS) Coordinator and Officer in Charge (CAMPUS), Ms SeulGee Samuelu; the Head of School of Agriculture and Food Technology (SAFT), and Director IRETA, Assoc. Prof. Siaka Diarra; staff, students and friends of USP Alafua Campus. The orientation was officially opened with a Kava ceremony by existing students and staff, to welcome the new students. This was followed by the invocation, which was offered by Le afioga Le Mamea Sia Matalavea, the Alafua Campus IT Manager. The welcoming remarks were given by the HOS-SAFT and Director IRETA, Assoc. Prof. Siaka Diarra. In his remarks, the HOS-SAFT extended a very warm welcome to all students and distinguished guests, and impressed upon the students the importance of education in their lives. In closing, the HOS-SAFT wished all students the best of luck in their studies. The USPSA President, Douglas Williams was on hand to address the students, and Dr Bella Donna Potoi offered medical advice and tips on how to seek medical help and prevent medical issues while studying. The vote of thanks was delivered by the SAS Coordinator and OIC, Ms Samuelu, who initially thanked the Alafua IT Manager, Afioga Le Mamea for the invocation, and then the keynote speaker, Honorable Taefu, for his empowering speech for the students, before thanking all Mr Williams and Dr Potoi and all who participated and helped to make the 2019 USP Alafua Campus Orientation a success. Besides gaining information from various speakers, the students also got the chance to take in information from the displays from the various sections at the Orientation venue, and take a tour of Alafua Campus, where SAS, the Library, Finance, IT and SLS were the major destinations. Besides these, the students also participated in workshops to gain academic/and technical skills to assist their learning. These workshops included the Moodle training workshop conducted by Alfram Nukuro, the Computer Technician on Alafua Campus; the workshop on E-Library Services ran by Ms Shirley Devi, the Alafua Campus Senior Librarian; and the workshop on “Time Management and Knowing Your Course Outline”, conducted by the Alafua Campus Student Learning Specialist, Niseta Buatava. The collective goal of these workshops is to facilitate students’ smooth transition from college or the workplace to university study. At the end of the formalities, there was a group session and refreshments, prior to the Campus Tour. Overall, the USP-Alafua Orientation was successful, and ACD Ms Samuelu; and HOS-SAFT, Director IRETA, Dr Diarra, were grateful to all those who contributed to making it so.

2018 Alafua Campus Gallery

USP Alafua Graduation 2018

The Graduation Ceremony of the USP Alafua campus was held on December 7, 2018 at 10:00am at the Maota o Tupulaga, Sogi, Apia, Samoa.

USPSA Closing & Awarding Night

The USP student association and staffs convened this year giving eight awards to recognize students and staff commitment and hard works on the night of November 9, 2018.

CISCO Certificate Awarding

CISCO students were awarded with CCNA2 and CCNA3 certificates on November 9, 2018.

Recognition of NUS students

Certificate of Participation and cash gifts were awarded to four IT students from National University of Samoa who have undergone four weeks work experience in the campus. The awarding was held on November 9, 2018 at the Satellite room with the Head of School, Assoc. Prof. Mohammed Umar and staffs. He expressed his warm thanks and advice to the students which highlights the importance of Samoan Culture and important values that will help them succeed in life. It was indeed a pleasant afternoon full of inspiration.  

Alafua Campus Advisory Commitee Meeting

Agenda of the Alafua Campus Advisory Committee held on Thursday 25 October 2018 at the Library Conference Room from 2.00pm – 3.30pm.


1. Agenda – to confirm

2. Welcome and Apologies

3. Overview of Campus Activities – Current Strategic Plan and New Strategic Plan 2019-2024 (Head of School and Campus Director – Associate Prof. Mohammed Umar)

4. School of Agriculture and Campus Update - Presentation from Heads of Sections

5. Matters raised by members

6. Campus Tour – IT, Soil Science Laboratory, GTZ – (Food Technology & Plant Protection), Farm (Crops/Livestock)

7. Other Business


Hon. Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio, Minister of Education, Sports & Culture (Chair)

Mr Jim Liu Expert Team Leader China-Samoa Agricultural Technical Aid Project

Afioga Tilafono David Hunter CEO, Ministry of Fisheries & Agriculture

Tofa Lavea Iulai Lavea CEO, Ministry of Finance

Susuga Papalii Grant Percival Managing Director, Natural Foods International Ltd

Ms Adimaimalaga Tafuna’i Director, Women in Business Inc.

Afioga Tagaloa Sharon Potoi ACEO-Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Afioga Mulitalo Penaia President, Samoa Farmers Association

Mr Luaiufi Aiono President, USPSA-Alafua

Associate Prof. Mohammed Umar, Head of School and Acting Campus Director

In Attendance:

Alafua Campus Heads of Sections Lemamea Sia Matalavea-IT Manager, SeulGee Samuelu, SAS Coordinator Shirley Devi- Senior Librarian Niseta Buatava-Students Learning Specialit R. Seiuli Secretary, Campus Administration

MAF Show 2018

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) conducted an agriculture and fisheries show at Savaii on October 17-19, 2018 and Opolu on October 25-26, 2018. With the theme: "Enhancing partnerships to develop and sustain agriculture and fisheries in Samoa", the University of the South Pacific - Alafua Campus successfully participated with the event. The USP SAFT and IRETA headed by Asso. Prof. Mohammed Umar and Mr. Sia Matalavea and staffs, Ms. Senira Sua and Dr. Alminda M. Fernandez successfully showcased the farm produce and processed foods at Alafua campus.  

USP says Nobesity!

The USP Alafua campus supported the Nobesity - Kicking Obesity campaign in Samoa on October 6, 2018 at St. Joseph's College ground. The staffs introduced the healthy processed products developed from USP Food Technology Laboratory at Alafua campus.

Food Technology Laboratory Health Certification

The Ministry of Health personnel conducted an ocular visit on September 20, 2018 at the USP Food Technology Laboratory in Alafua campus. This is in compliance to the requirements of the application for the Health Certificate for Food Business in Samoa.

Samoan Farmers Forum 2018

USP lecturers gave talk during the Samoan Farmers Forum on September 10, 2018 at Orator Hotel, Tuanaimato. Mr Falaniko Amosa and Dr. Alminda Fernandez shared the USP School of Agriculture and Food Technology programs and processed products at Alafua campus headed by Asso. Prof. Mohammed Umar. This event was organized by the Samoan Farmers Association and supported by the Pacific Island Farmers Organizations Network (PIFON) and other international agriculture stakeholders. 

Savaii Women's Workshop

Capacity building for women empowerment for sustainable development.

A 2-Day Workshop for Savaii Women at USP Savaii Centre Salelologa on Aug. 30, 2018 and at Vaisala Primary School Hall on Aug. 31, 2018 was conducted by USP Alafua headed by Prof. Mohammed Umar and Ms. Ronna Lee.


USP Savaii Center Open Day 2018

The USP Savaii Center held an Open Day on August 29, 2018 attended by more than 500 guests and staffs.

USP Alafua NSP Consultation

The University of the South Pacific draft NSP 2019-2024 In-Country Consultations, Samoa with the Vice-Chancellor and President Rajesh Chandra on August 9, 2018 at USP Alafua campus.

The USP Campus Directors

The University of the South Pacific Campus Directors held a meeting on July 30, 2018 at Fiji.

FBE Open Day Best Display Awards

The FBE Open Day Best Display Awards were judged by 3 independent judges on selected criteria and the winners were as follows: 1st Prize: School of Economics. 2nd Prize: School of Agriculture and Food Technology. 3rd Prize: School of Management and Public Administration. The winning schools received the prize money of $600, $400 and $300 respectively and a certificate at a function held in the evening on the Open Day. Congratulations and Keep it Up!

Women's Forum

WOMEN WHO FARM! For the very first time, Women in farmers were invited to share and discuss their valuable contributions to agriculture, fisheries, livestock, floriculture and processing in a two-day forum “National Forum for Women in Agriculture, Floriculture and Agri-Business.” The objectives of the forum are to Acknowledge and celebrate the role of women in agriculture development, exchange information and learn from success stories and experiences, raise profile of women farmers and agriculture related women entrepreneurs, have a network of Women in Agriculture in Samoa with links to women in agriculture networks in the region and globally. It was facilitated by the Samoa Farmers Association (SFA) and funded by the Pacific Island Farmers Organisation (PIFON). More than 100 women farmers across Samoa turned up together with organizations ranging from Florists, vegetable growers, livestock farmers, aqua fish production as well as small businesses like chips producers and three women students and two lecturers from USP. The first day was mainly on presentations that included presentations from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (SROS), the University of the South Pacific (USP) by Asso. Prof. Mohammed Umar, Floriculture experts, METI Samoa and the Women in Business Development Inc. (WIBDI) to name a few. The last day was spent visiting four sites: Charlie Ah Liki (Pineapples and vegetables), Ricky Westurlund (Vegetables), Amy Chan Mow Plant Nursery and the Cooks Organic Farm (Orchards and fruit trees). The highlight of the day was, for the first time the Prime Minister (PM) before his keynote address took photos of the women farmers and stated with a laugh “I took all your photos before my speech because I want to look at all your faces tonight before I go to sleep.” The PM encourages the women associations to maximise the use of this forum as a learning experience to flourish new networks, share their experiences and successes as well as raise issues to the forefront that will allow their efforts to be continually supported in their respective fields. Asso. Prof. Mohammed from USP also shared his personal and work experience on the significant contribution of women in agriculture industry. The discussions of the forum will successively contribute significantly to achieving sustainable development goals, particularly, food security and improved nutrition, as well as gender equality and the empowerment of all women. 

Orientation Second Semester 2018


(Tuesday 10th July, 2018)

9.50am - 10.00am STUDENT REGISTRATION (C3) – SAS Staff

10.10am - 10.15am Prayer (Luaiufi Aiono – USPSA President)

10.15am - 10.20am WELCOMING REMARKS (Ms Niseta Buatava)

10.20am ORIENTATION ADDRESS – Associate Professor Mohammed Umar (HOS/CD/ Director IRETA)

10.35am Introduction of Academic Staff and Support Services Heads of Sections (Ms Niseta Buatava)

11.45am - “The Alafua Experience” – (Luaiufi Aiono – USPSA President)

11.57am - VOTE OF THANKS – Lemamea Sia Matalavea - GROUP PHOTO

12.00pm - REFRESHMENTS (C3)

1.00pm  MOODLE TRAINING – (MAIN LAB) – NEW STUDENTS ONLY (ITS)  “Time Management and the Importance of the Course Outline” (SLS) – C1  NZAID Foundation Scholarship BRIEF – C2 - (Ms Kalameli Ah Mu) - TBC

2.00pm – 3.00pm - SAFT ORIENTATION (C3) – (Mausali to organise) - New Student’s DRAW for PRIZES


LC Training

The School of Agriculture and Food Technology (SAFT) at USP - Alafua campus conducted a series of Lecture Capture and A/V training for lecturers which started on June 27, 2018 to July 10, 2018.



On June 16th, the Crops and Livestock Sections of the Institute of Research Extension and Training in Agriculture (IRETA) displayed several crops and farm animals during the USP 50th Celebrations and OPEN DAY. Mr. Oliver Ubaub, IRETA farm Manager and his team brought down a few farm animals (Poultry, Pigs and Sheep) from the farm for display and placed them in small paddocks the team constructed outside of the Animal Science Laboratory. The display site was crowded with tours from different schools and visitors. Mr. Ubaub and his team presented excellent demonstration and explained to the students the different areas at the farm such as the Cattles, Sheep section, Piggery section and the Poultry section. Also, the students and visitors had the chance to view and acquire new information about the different types of methods that can be used when planting specific crops. The farm (crops) products were on special prices sale for the Open Day.

Open Day 2018

The University of the South Pacific Alafua Campus successfully held their Open Day on June 15, 2018 with thousand more visitors.

Book Launch

“50 years Teaching Research and Training in Agriculture at the U.S.P. Alafua Campus." Another important part of the USP, Alafua Campus 50th Celebrations was the launching of the book “50 years Teaching Research and Training in Agriculture at the U.S.P. Alafua Campus." Attended by Prof. Rajesh Chandra (VC-USP) and Mr. Winston Thompson (PV-USP). The 180 pages’ book compiled by Dr. Md. Abdul Kader, Dr. Jagdish Bhati, Associate Professor Mohammed Umar, staff and students consists of five chapters. The book highlights glimpse of teaching, researching and training in the field of Agriculture during 50 years of existence. It emphasizes directions in agriculture studies for the future generations so they will learn from the past, live the present and embrace the future. This book also serves to benefit the alumnus, students and researchers as a guide for them to easily have access to the past researches.

Parlimentarian Graduation 2018

The Parliamentarian Graduation 2018  was held on June 14, 2018 at the Tui Atua Building, Apia, Samoa.

50th Celebration Dinner

The USP Alafua campus headed by Assoc. Prof. Mohammed Umar hosted a Samoan dinner in celebration for the USP 50th Anniversary. This was graced with special guests, Pro-Vice Chancellor Winston Thompson and Vice Chancellor Rajesh Chandra together with the lecturers and staffs of the campus.   

USP Alafua 50th Anniversary Celebration March

The USP administration, lecturers, staffs, alumni, students, and parliamentarians marched in the morning of June 12, 2018 to formally open the USP 50th Anniversary Celebration at Alafua Campus, Apia, Samoa.

Independence Day 2018

The USP staffs participates during the march to celebrate with the Samoa's Independence Day commemoration on the early morning of June 1, 2018.

CISCO Academy Graduation

The CISCO Academy graduation in USP Alafua campus was held on March 23, 2018. 

Dean's Visit

Dean Arvind Patel visited USP Alafua campus on April 17, 2018.

USP's eye slate invention for Samoa blind persons association (SBPA)

USP's eye slate invention awarded for Samoan blind persons association on March 27, 2018.

Staff Farewell

The USP Alafua campus Staff Farewell for this year 2018.

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